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Director:
Writers:
Ernest Tidyman (screenplay) and
John D.F. Black (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
2 July 1971 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The mob wanted Harlem back. They got shaft...up to here. See more »
Plot:
Cool black private eye John Shaft is hired by a crime lord to find and retrieve his kidnapped daughter. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(15 articles)
User Reviews:
A Few Good Moments But "Shaft" Is Too Slowly Paced, Runs Out of Gas, and Ends Absurdly See more (76 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Roundtree ... John Shaft

Moses Gunn ... Bumpy Jonas
Charles Cioffi ... Vic Androzzi
Christopher St. John ... Ben Buford
Gwenn Mitchell ... Ellie Moore

Lawrence Pressman ... Tom Hannon
Victor Arnold ... Charlie
Sherri Brewer ... Marcy
Rex Robbins ... Rollie
Camille Yarbrough ... Dina Greene
Margaret Warncke ... Linda
Joseph Leon ... Byron Leibowitz
Arnold Johnson ... Cul
Dominic Barto ... Patsy
George Strus ... Carmen
Edmund Hashim ... Lee
Drew Bundini Brown ... Willy
Tommy Lane ... Leroy
Al Kirk ... Sims
Shimen Ruskin ... Dr. Sam

Antonio Fargas ... Bunky
Gertrude Jeannette ... Old Lady
Lee Steele ... Blind Vendor
Damu King ... Mal
Donny Burks ... Remmy
Tony King ... Davies
Benjamin R. Rixson ... Bey Newfield
Ricardo Brown ... Tully
Alan Weeks ... Gus
Glenn Johnson ... Char
Dennis Tate ... Dotts
Adam Wade ... Brother #1
James Hainesworth ... Brother #2
Clee Burtonya ... Sonny
Ed Bernard ... Peerce

Eddie Barth ... Tony (as Ed Barth)
Joe Pronto ... Dom
Robin Nolan ... Waitress
Ron Tannas ... Billy
Betty Bresler ... Mrs. Androzzi
Gonzalo Madurga ... Counterman
Paul Nevens ... Elevator Man
Jon Richards ... Elevator Starter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Gordon Parks ... Apartment Landlord (uncredited)

Directed by
Gordon Parks 
 
Writing credits
Ernest Tidyman (screenplay) and
John D.F. Black (screenplay)

Ernest Tidyman (novel)

Produced by
Joel Freeman .... producer
David Golden .... associate producer
Roger H. Lewis .... producer (uncredited)
Stirling Silliphant .... executive producer (uncredited)
Ernest Tidyman .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Isaac Hayes 
J.J. Johnson 
 
Cinematography by
Urs Furrer (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Hugh A. Robertson 
 
Casting by
Judith Lamb 
 
Art Direction by
Emanuel Gerard 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert Drumheller 
 
Costume Design by
Joseph G. Aulisi  (as Joe Aulisi)
 
Makeup Department
Martin Bell .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Steven P. Skloot .... unit production manager (as Steven Skloot)
David Golden .... production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ted Zachary .... assistant director
Kurt Baker .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Alan R. Green .... dga trainee (uncredited)
Allan Wertheim .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Hal Bock .... chief carpenter (uncredited)
Robert Hart .... chief construction grip (uncredited)
Jack Wright Jr. .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Lee Bost .... sound
Hal Watkins .... sound
Charles Geller .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Robert Rogow .... boom man (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Tommy Lane .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Pronto .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Louis Gerolomi .... gaffer (uncredited)
Ronald M. Lautore .... camera operator (uncredited)
Randy Munkacsi .... still photographer (uncredited)
Larry Orlick .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ed Quinn .... second grip (uncredited)
Robert Royal .... key grip (uncredited)
Jack Volpe .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Ron Zarilla .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Sylvia Fay .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Celia Bryant .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Paul L. Evans .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Tom McIntosh .... technical assistant to composer
Mayuto Correa .... musician (uncredited)
Charles 'Skip' Pitts .... musician (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
James Fanning .... transportation captain (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Bud Brown .... auditor (uncredited)
Ozzie Brown .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Cle Kent .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Tom Miller .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
100 min
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:R (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Iceland:16 | Italy:T | Netherlands:16 (video rating) | Norway:16 | Peru:14 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:R | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
Much of the action in the movie centers around 125th Street in Harlem. Shaft's apartment (exterior only) was located in Manhattan's Greenwich Village at 55 Jane Street, across the street from the (real) "No Name Bar" at 621 Hudson Street. The former bar was ultimately transformed into deli.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The month calendar in Shaft's office is January 1971 (February 1971 is also posted on the wall in a "next month" style arrangement). But in Lt. Androzzi's office, the date calendar reads Tuesday January 27 and later Thursday January 29. 27 January 1971 was a Wednesday and 29 January 1971 was a Friday. (27 and 29 January 1970 fell on a Tuesday and a Thursday).See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
John Shaft:[holding up his middle finger to a cab driver who is honking his horn at him] Up yours! Get out the way!
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Soundtrack:
A Friend's PlaceSee more »

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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A Few Good Moments But "Shaft" Is Too Slowly Paced, Runs Out of Gas, and Ends Absurdly, 9 September 2007
Author: writerasfilmcritic from western US

"Shaft" starts with promise, opening with the popular tune by Isaac Hayes as the camera explores a business district in New York City. For example, we see a theater playing 'Little Fauss and Big Halsey,' a motorcycle cult classic starring Robert Redford, Michael J. Pollard, and Lauren Hutton, then Shaft wends his way across a busy boulevard with no regard for the fact that it's strictly "DON'T WALK" time, a feat reminiscent of the arcade game, "Frogger." Soon, we are introduced to the police lieutenant who is so understanding and laid back that Shaft's disdainful attitude toward him as just another cog in the honky establishment seems a bit difficult to comprehend. Actually, Shaft tends to mix with white society rather easily, even taking a white chick home with him and screwing her in the shower, then letting her sleep it off while he goes out for a few hours to take care of business. We've already seen him with his regular girl, who is attractive in her form fitting body suit, their love scene having been photographed imaginatively. His discussion with the black hoodlum whose daughter has been kidnapped is also interesting, as are other conversations, and the initial action in his office, where a thug practically dives out a high window, displays some interesting camera and editing techniques. On balance, however, this movie is too slowly paced for an action flick. With the number of times one might wish to stop and replay certain bits of important dialog, it tends to drag a bit, but I disagree with those who think the talk is too dated or not believable. Generally, it's the best thing about this movie, which isn't half bad, at least up until the ending, which is completely ridiculous. Midway through the concluding scenes, I turned to my wife and said, "What is this, 'Mission Impossible?' It's really absurd the way the supposed Black militants who are aiding Shaft seem thoroughly unfamiliar with the proper handling of weapons or what tactics to employ in a dicey situation, and the way they "go up against the mob" is just plain laughable. Here, the gangsters are holding the young black woman as hostage and yet there are just a few dumb palookas guarding her, none of whom seem to be paying sufficient attention. Nobody's on tenterhooks watching out for a rescue attempt, nor does anyone appear to be running the operation from Thug HQ. The primary function of these morons appears to be that they are racists who like to insult black people on general principles. It's a disappointing conclusion to what might have been a much better movie had it been more skillfully written and directed. Richard Roundtree, as Shaft, hands in a credible performance and the police lieutenant is pretty good, too. He's the same guy who played the middle-aged nut-job in "Klute," but in this movie, he's a much more likable character. The way he extends his hand for Shaft to slap is an interesting bit of cinema. They are supposed to be at odds but the guy obviously is one of the black private eye's biggest fans, without coming off as phony, insincere, or patronizing, even though Shaft still treats him with unrelenting disdain.

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